Day Four: “Love Trumps”

1 Corinthians 8:1-3, 13 (NIV) Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.

“Knowledge and love are thus contrasted in two ways. First, the net effect of each (knowledge puffs up; love builds up); second, the difference it makes for the one doing the knowing or loving.” [Fee, Gordon D.,The First Epistle to the Corinthians, p.364]

“Love trumps knowledge. The central message of this chapter is a simple one: Love is more important than knowledge. Paul calls for a shift from gnosis to agape as the ordering principle for Christian discernment and conduct.” [Hays, Richard B., First Corinthians: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching, p. 145]

Prayer: “Thank you Lord that I no longer need to relate to others in my “knowledge” or pride, but now, I can live in the new way of your love.  Would you fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower me with your love so that I can go all out in your love for the building of others, your church. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Let’s also worship along with this song, “Hands to the Heavens” (click here) by Kari Jobe.